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Clarksons broker in hot water for breaking Singapore’s strict lockdown rules

A 30-year-old British broker with Clarksons was one of seven people charged in a Singapore court today for breaking lockdown rules and meeting up en masse at a couple of bars for takeaway drinks along Robertson Quay, a popular nighttime haunt in the Southeast Asian republic.

Neil Buchan, who has been working with Clarksons focusing on subsea and renewables for his entire career since graduating from university in 2012, could face jail for up to six months or be fined up to S$10,000 for breaking so-called ‘circuit-breaker’ rules last month, Singapore’s coronavirus lockdown regulations.

The incident came to light when Facebook user Lectress Pat posted photos of the alleged gatherings at Robertson Quay on May 16.

The case was adjourned to June 16.

Singapore was forced to extend its strict lockdown rules for longer than initially planned as Covid-19 cases remained persistently high. Lockdown rules are being eased as of today.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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